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Biden's daughter engaged to Jewish doctor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's daughter is to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea Clinton and marry a Jewish man.

Ashley Biden, a social worker, is engaged to a doctor from Philadelphia, Howard Krein, who specialises in facial and reconstructive surgery and ear, nose and throat complaints.

The Biden family, who are Roman Catholic, said they were "thrilled" by the news.

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Rabbis in Poland to discuss Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

Several hundred rabbis are in Poland this week for a conference to discuss issues including the Dutch ban on kosher slaughter of animals.

It is the largest gathering of its type since Poland's Jewish community was decimated by the Nazis.

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Palestinians: UNESCO vote 'opens door' to other UN agencies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

The Palestinians hope their success in gaining UNESCO membership will be followed by acceptance by 16 other UN agencies.

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Meet Colonel Gadaffi's Jewish pen-pal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

A Jewish florist from New York has recalled his lengthy correspondence with his "pen-pal" Colonel Gaddafi.

Octogenarian Louis Schlamowitz has spent decades writing to a host of leaders and despots, from President Harry Truman to Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.

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UNESCO votes yes to Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

The United Nations cultural agency has placed itself at risk of losing funding after it gave the Palestinians full membership.

In a move that was opposed by the United States, UNESCO delegates voted to admit the Palestinians as a full member of the Paris-based agency.

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Marrakesh bomber sentenced to death

By Andrew Rosemarine, October 31, 2011

A Moroccan court has sentenced a jihadist to death, a fellow conspirator to life-imprisonment, and seven others to lesser punishments for the murder of 17 people including JC writer Peter Moss and a Moroccan Israeli couple, at the Argana Restaurant in Jma al Fnaa, in Marrakesh, on April 28 2011. Twenty others were injured. Al Qaida in North Africa claimed responsibility at the time.

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UNESCO to vote on Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The UN heritage organisation UNESCO is to take a vote on the Palestinian application for full membership on Monday.

To see their request fulfilled the Palestinians will need the support of more than two - thirds of the 193 members.

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Oprah Winfrey goes to the mikvah

October 28, 2011

Oprah Winfrey made quite a splash during her trip to New York this week when she dived head first into Jewish life by visiting a mikvah.

But the talk show host managed to stay dry during her tour of the Brooklyn Heights mikvah which she was visiting during the filming of her new show, "Oprah's Next Chapter."

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Black Swan makers to film dark side of Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is to become the next Hollywood filmmaker to bring social networking to the big screen.

The film, about the dangers of online romances, will be based on a script by Mark Heyman, who also wrote Mr Aronofsky's Academy award winning hit Black Swan.

According to Variety, the film will be called XOXO.

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Catch 22 author Heller 'enjoyed' army service

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

The author of one of the most famous books ever written criticising war was actually excited to serve in the army.

Joseph Heller, whose novel Catch 22 is seen to this day as a vital part of the anti-war literature canon, did not share the attitude of the book's protagonist, Captain Yossarian.

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